York County Heritage Trust
About York County Heritage Trust
Children’s Build It! Workshop Series
Create, learn, and explore!
Have a young one who loves building things? Then we have your blueprint for fun! Join us this summer for workshops that inspire creativity and invention as you Build It! Join in the fun as we create a Lego® amusement park, design a gingerbread house, put together a model inspired by Disney’s Planes, or engineer a chain reaction. Perfect for children 7-12 years old.
Each summer the York County Heritage Trust partners with the York County Department of Parks and Recreation to offer a unique Archaeology Camp. Students ages 10-13 are exposed to the basics of archaeology first-hand as they participate in actual excavations at real archaeological sites. Campers also learn about how artifacts are preserved and interpreted in a museum setting with visits to Trust sites and museums. TheTrust runs programs during each session to educate participants about the relevant history and time period highlighted at each dig site.
Science Explorers Summer Science Camps
Family Activity Days
Each year Trust Museums and sites abound with interactive activities, displays, and exhibits for children of all ages. Events feature activity and craft stations, family friendly entertainment, interactive museum exhibits and more.
York County Heritage Trust offers interactive tours and programs at all of our sites for Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups. We can tailor programs to each troop’s individual needs.
In addition to our interactive tours, we offer Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a White Rose pin by learning about colonial life in York. Programs appropriate for Daisies through Ambassadors are available. All programs start with an orientation to the Colonial Complex, including a tour of the 1741 Golden Plough Tavern building and the house that was home to Revolutionary War general, Horatio Gates, during his stay in York. Troops will choose their hands-on projects from options including candle dipping, colonial games, and Pennsylvania German crafts. Contact the Education Department for more information.
• Agricultural & Industrial Museum – Learn about York County’s many contributions to agricultural and industrial progress on a visit to the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. Agricultural artifacts produced or used in York County for over three centuries include locally made wagons, tractors, steam engines and farm tools. Working industrial exhibits include a 72-ton A-Frame ammonia compressor, once used to manufacture large blocks of ice, and three-story gristmill, a hydraulic ramp pump, 1930s telephone exchange, and more. Exhibits on pottery, casket manufacturing, dental supplies, piano and organ manufacturing, as well as York’s industrial contribution to World War II, known as the “York Plan” are also featured. The exhibit, Air, Land, & Water: Transporting People & Products, housed in the Trust’s 12,000 square-foot transportation wing, includes York manufactured automobiles, a Conestoga wagon, and a 1937 Aeronca K airplane.
• Bonham House – Rooms in this three-story house reflect the period from the 1850s to the 1930s. Through a guided tour, visitors learn about life for an upper-middle class family during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
• Colonial Complex – (General Gates House, Golden Plough Tavern, Barnett Bobb Log House & the Colonial Court House). Political intrigue, tavern life and 18th century culture – all available in a single visit to this site on the corner of West Market Street and North Pershing Avenue in Downtown York. Four buildings reflect both private and public lives in early York. The Pennsylvania German Golden Plough Tavern, built in 1741, presents the significant role a tavern played in a community as a hotel, restaurant and source for news. The General Gates House (c.1751) reflects the year 1778 when General Horatio Gates occupied the house while the Continental Congress met in York. You can visit a reconstruction of the Colonial Court House where the Second Continental Congress met during York’s nine-month tenure as Capital of the United States, just across the street from the Plough Tavern. The Barnett Bobb Log House, built with squared timbers, in 1812 and relocated to the site, highlights an average Pennsylvania German home in the early 19th century.
• Fire Museum – Fire engines, sirens and old-fashioned alarm systems all await you at the Fire Museum. Stationed in the historic Royal Fire House. The museum holds collections from the more than 200 years of fire-fighting in York County including horse drawn fire carriages, vintage fire trucks, firefighter uniforms, photographs and much more.
• Historical Society Museum – From quilts to tiny photographs, the Historical Society Museum and Library houses both exhibits and an extensive research library. The building, constructed in 1921 as an automobile dealership, still has the original showroom floor in the spacious two-story entrance hall. William Richley donated the building to the Historical Society in the 1950s. In addition to more than 10,000 square feet of exhibitions, this building also houses the main offices for the York County Heritage Trust.
York County Heritage Trust
250 East Market Street
York, PA 17403